Rash driving claimed the life of Ankit Gupta, 26, a businessman based in Chandigarh in the early hours of Sunday. The deceased was returning home after dropping his fiancee around 2 am. The accident took place near a temple in Sector 27-B.
Police said, Gupta had gone to a party in a Sector 26 disco from where he went to Industrial Area, Phase I to drop his fiancee. Ankit, who was alone in his Honda Civic, lost control of the car near the Jain temple in Sector 27. Ankit’s car hit a pavement near the temple, turned and skidded for about six feet. The left side of the car then rammed another pavement at the entrance of the temple. The impact was such that the car went nine feet up in the air, hit a tree and fell upside down.
Both left side wheels of the car broke from the axle, the wind screen was cracked, all the windows of the car smashed and there was a pool of blood in the car. The front bumper of the car was totally damaged and the glove compartment was open and all the contents were scattered at the spot. There was a pool of blood under the car. Air bags of the car did not open.
“The car must have been at a very high speed because when the left side of the car collided with the second pavement, axle of both wheels on left side broke,” said the Station House Officer, Police Station Sector 26, inspector Anokh Singh.
“We estimated the height to which the car went up in the air from the marks on the tree in which the car rammed. The bark of the tree is scraped and its remains were stuck in the right side door of the car,” said the investigating officer sub-inspector Varinder Singh.
Gupta was not wearing the safety belt when the accident took place. Due to this, he slid to the passenger seat. The door of the passenger seat opened due to the impact and Gupta’s head crushed under the door after the car fell. Post-mortem was conducted on Sunday and his body was handed to the family for last rites. “There were no traces of alcohol in Ankit’s blood as per the post-mortem report,” said the investigating officer.
According to one of his relatives, Gupta was engaged to be married in April this year. A residents of Sector 19, his family owns a garment store in Panchkula and had recently opened another store in Elante Mall. He is survived by two brothers and parents.
Ankit’s uncle, Sanjiv Mahajan told Newsline, “Around 3 am, some police officers came to my brother’s residence and told them that Ankit met with an accident and has been admitted to Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). However, when we reached the hospital, we were informed that he was declared dead on arrival.”
Police registered Daily Diary Report (DDR) and a team of Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) visited the accident spot. The car was then taken to the police station and examined again for any technical faults which may have led to the accident. “We will wait for the CFSL reports to ascertain the cause of the accident,” said inspector Anokh Singh.